The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) is a Council of Europe institution to which thirty-three countries currently subscribe. The ECML assists its member states in addressing challenges within their national education systems by:
The work of the Centre focuses primarily on priority areas in member states such as migration and language education, plurilingual education, mobility and intercultural learning, new media in language education, evaluation and assessment, early language learning, content and language integrated learning, employment and languages. Teacher education is at the core of its work. ECML activities are complementary to those of the Council of Europe’s work related to the development of policies and planning tools in the field of language education and the Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
Within the framework of its 4-year programmes, the Centre works together with ministries, language experts, national institutions and international language organisations. Through its programmes, the ECML provides a platform for gathering and disseminating information, stimulating discussion and training multipliers in matters related to language education. It also maintains Europe-wide networks for teacher trainers, researchers and educational administrators.
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European language policy aims at fostering plurilingualism in individuals but how this goal can be attained within schools as institutions has not been part of the education policy discourse.
The study materials focus on teacher education for the language of schooling (e.g. French in France, Polish in Poland). They draw on the linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom for the benefit of all learners.
This portfolio is designed for educators and teachers in the pre-primary sector, either in initial or in-service training. It encourages personal reflection on the professional skills related to the linguistic and intercultural dimension of working with children.
The resources provide tools which help to clarify, develop and implement plurilingual, intercultural and inclusive whole-school policies in different contexts in ECML member states.
The "QualiTraining Guide" provides a framework and the tools for facilitating the implementation of quality principles and procedures at a grassroots level. It is, thus, relevant both for individual professional development and for team / institutional contexts focusing on consolidating their "quality culture".
Die Publikation bietet inhaltsorientierte Module für den Fremdsprachenunterricht der Grundschulen. Diese Module umfassen Materialien für Schülerinnen und Schüler sowie didaktische Leitlinien für Lehrkräfte.
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Download the catalogue of the ECML programme outputs 2016-2019 "Languages at the heart of learning": English - French
European portfolio for pre-primary educators - The plurilingual and intercultural dimension 10905
Language skills for successful subject learning - CEFR-linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics 10187
Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources 9866
Teaching the language of schooling in the context of diversity - Study materials for teacher development 9011
Empowering language networks - Tools for mediating ECML resources 7850
A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning 7566
A European learning network for professionals supporting work-related second language development 7523
ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use - Tools and ideas for dissemination 7508
Collaborative community approach to migrant education - A virtual open course for educators 7474
Towards whole-school language curricula: Examples of practice in schools 7212
List of publications 1998-2016
Modern Languages (2012)
Programme glossary 2008-2011 "Empowering language professionals” (2013)